HAGATNA, -- Today, a U.S. B-52 bomber from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to a recent nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The B-52 was escorted by United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and 대한민국 공군(Republic Of Korea Air Force) F-15K Slam Eagle fighter aircraft.
"This was a demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland," said Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. "North Korea's nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations. U.S. joint military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific will continue to work with all of our regional allies and partners to maintain stability and security."
North Korea is the only nation to have tested a nuclear device in the 21st century, and the only nation to routinely threaten to employ them. The DPRK's wanton disregard for international law poses a grave threat to international peace and security, and has been roundly condemned by the United Nations.
The bilateral flight mission demonstrates the strength of the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and the resolve of both nations to maintain stability and security on the Korean Peninsula.
The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range strategic bomber and part of the U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Upon completion of the flight over South Korea, the B-52 returned to Guam.
A United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Base Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea.